PhD Comics has grown to be my favorite comic of the moment. It's unbelievable how much I relate to all of it. I am not alone. Anyways, have you registered to vote yet? If not, get on it!
Agreed. I’ve saved several over the years to be added into my random wallpaper program. My dept is pretty poor in comparison to my roomies (mech eng & geology), but this comic always makes me feel glad i’m not in a lab.
(Or does being in front of a computer 24/7 essentially the same thing?)
Btw.. Yes I’m registered!
My single vote does not help determine federal research funding for National Defense, Health, etc. Imagine these scenarios:
a) I cast my ballot for McCain
b) I cast my ballot for Obama
c) I cast my ballot for a write-in candidate
d) I abstain from voting
Will federal funding be influenced by any of these actions? No. Funding has no relationship to what I do on November 4th.
Voting is a symbolic act that makes the voter feel good about himself.
@Angel – excellent!
@Tim – noooo. surely my vote must count for something.
@Nathan — Your vote will count for something: it will make you feel good. And that’s a fine (and the only rational) reason to vote as your ballot certainly will not influence the outcome of the election.
I should add that I enjoy your blog. I just get my knickers in a snit over most matters politics.
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Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.
It’s always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.
The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.
I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.